Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best High Schools List

Published on May 2, 2019 at 4:05 p.m.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Dobyns-Bennett High School has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best High Schools in the United States again, receiving a silver medal designation in the 2019 Best High Schools rankings.

The new Best High Schools rankings, which are available online here, are produced in conjunction with North Carolina-based research firm RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.

U.S. News has published detailed information on more than 23,000 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of this data and a comprehensive methodology, schools were given a College Readiness Index score, with the top-scoring 5,900-plus schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal - and in the case of gold and silver schools, a national numerical ranking.

Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked in the top ten (10) percent of all high schools nationally at #1,623#9 as a public high school in the state of Tennessee, and placing D-B as a top high school in the region, earning a silver medal.

"To again be ranked among the top high schools in Tennessee and the United States is a testament to the exceptional efforts of the students and staff of D-B and the entire Kingsport educational community," said KCS Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse. "Our collective commitment to excellence is reflected in these results, which indicate that students in Kingsport are taking advantage of the incredible learning opportunities that all KCS teachers and our community partners are helping to provide."  

Results of AP assessments factor into this national ranking. Approximately 850 Advanced Placement tests were administered to 430 D-B students in 2018. The number of seniors graduating from D-B in 2018 was 519.

Seventy-four (74) percent of Dobyns-Bennett High School students who completed an AP test scored at least a three (3) or above. An AP exam score ranging from a three (3) to a five (5) qualifies students for college credit in the subject area.

"This recognition represents a culture of high expectations and teachers and students working diligently to meet and ultimately exceed those expectations,"  said Dr. Chris Hampton, Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal. "Our entire staff strives to stretch, encourage and support kids while building quality, kind and respectful relationships along the way. These experiences are designed to build skills and future success for all students. It is an honor to work in a school and community that supports education to the level D-B and Kingsport does."    

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

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